National Water Co. CEO replaced

Updated 03 May 2016
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National Water Co. CEO replaced

JEDDAH: In the wake of the removal of the Water and Electricity minister, a new chief executive has been appointed to lead the National Water Company (NWC) to deal with complaints from the public about high water bills.
The new man in charge is Abdulrahman bin Mohammad Al-Ibrahim, who has been placed into an acting position, to replace Luay Al-Musallam, according to a report in a local publication on Monday.
The appointment was approved by Abdul Rahman Al-Fadli, acting water and electricity minister. Al-Fadli had on Sunday met with several officials from the ministry and the water company to discuss complaints from the public. Al-Fadli had replaced Abdullah Al-Hussayen.
Media sources said Al-Fadli had discussed several mistakes made by the NWC that he emphasized needed immediate correction. The sources said the mistakes might lead to more officials being removed from their positions, including directors of the board.
Last week Al-Fadli met with several officials and branch directors. During the meeting, he was briefed on the new billing system and proposals to improve the level of services. He was also briefed on the meter reading and billing system, and the efforts of the company in Riyadh, Jeddah, Makkah and Taif.
Saudis had turned to social media to express their anger after the increase in prices of water, with the Consumer Protection Association and members of the Shoura Council asking for a review of the situation.
Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, second deputy premier and defense minister, had told Bloomberg in an interview last month that the ministry’s implementation of the new water tariff was “unsatisfactory.”
“Now, we are working diligently on reforms within the water ministry so that things will be in accordance with the agreed plan,” Prince Mohammed said. Water prices climbed as much as 500 percent for Saudi nationals, according to Gulf Research Center, a think tank.
There had also been complaints from the public about incorrect billing, with some laying the blame on leaking pipelines.


Peace, security and economy top agenda of Saudi Shoura session

The current Shoura Council is composed of 150 members including 30 women members. (SPA)
Updated 15 November 2018
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Peace, security and economy top agenda of Saudi Shoura session

  • Al-Khunaizi said that King Salman’s speech will have “added political and economic significance, and it will lay out the agenda for the rest of the Shoura’s term”

RIYADH: King Salman on Monday will deliver his inaugural address at the Shoura Council, where he will talk about a range of local and regional issues and urge lawmakers to support the government in taking the country forward.
The king’s speech, which will serve as a guideline for Shoura members, will begin the deliberations of the new parliamentary year of the 150-member council.
“The king’s visit to the Shoura is of utmost importance, and his speech will define domestic, regional and foreign policies,” said Hoda Al-Helaissi, a member of the Shoura Council here on Wednesday.
“With the visit of King Salman to the Shoura Council to mark the beginning of the third year of the seventh term, we take a moment to reflect on the past year,” Al-Helaissi said.
She said that “the past year has been a year of challenges and opportunities both within the Kingdom and abroad.”
“Remarkably, as is in our nature, and as exemplified by our leadership, we have remained steadfast in our values and beliefs, committed as a country to the well-being of our citizens, not least as explained in what has now become known as Saudi Arabia’s road-map for the future, Vision 2030,” Al-Helaissi said.
“As the home of the Two Holy Mosques and as an important strategic player in the region, Saudi Arabia has an important role in global politics and we look forward to hearing the king’s speech this coming Monday,” Al-Helaissi said.
Guidelines for addressing local and regional challenges with a special reference to domestic and foreign policies will be spelled out by King Salman, she said.
“Elaborate preparations have been made to receive the king on this occasion,” said Mohammed Al-Khunaizi, another member of the Shoura Council. Al-Khunaizi said that King Salman’s speech will have “added political and economic significance, and it will lay out the agenda for the rest of the Shoura’s term.”
“The occasion marks the beginning of the new year for the council,” said Al-Khunaizi, while forecasting a number of proposals, decisions, draft legislation, treaties and foreign policy matters to be discussed and debated in 2019.
He said that the king’s speech may touch on subjects such as society, security, peace, stability, extremism, economy, financial reforms, regional challenges and foreign policy matters.
Al-Khunaizi noted that the role of women members of the Shoura Council had lent new dimension to the debate and deliberations of the council. He said that the current Shoura Council is composed of 150 members including 30 women members.